All MapBiomas products are constantly evolving. The initial effort was divided into four phases:
- Phase 1 - generated the Collection 1 (Beta), with simplified legend covering the period 2008-2015 (published in April 2016).
- Phase 2 - generated the Collection 2, covering the period 2000-2016 (published in April 2017) and the Collection 2.3 with improvements from random forest application (published in January 2018).
- Phase 3 - generated the Collection 3, covering the period 1985-2017 (published in August 2018) an the Collection 3.1 with improvements in classification (published in April 2019).
- Phase 4 - generated the Collection 4, covering the period 1985-2018 (published in August 2019) an the Collection 4.1 with improvements in classification (published in March 2020).
- MapBiomas Collection maps are an evolving product. When using the data make sure that you are always using the latest version available.
- MapBiomas maps have their best application in scales up to 1: 100,000. Although it is possible to view them on a 1: 50,000 scale, we do not recommend using them on this scale.
Product to all the publics
- Land use and land cover maps: maps in the matrix format (30x30m pixel). The legend of these maps as well as the covered period evolve throughout the collections.
- Satellite images mosaics of each year of the time series, with a spatial resolution of 30m. The mosaics are formed by the composition of pixels in each set of images for a certain time period (e.g. filtering the clouds). The periods of the year in which the images are selected vary by region (e.g. wet season in the Caatinga). Each mosaic contains 28 layers of information including spectral bands, fractions and indices (e.g. NDFI, NDVI, etc.). Mosaics can be accessed directly in Google Earth Engine for processing or download.
- Public Web Platform with images, maps and statistics of the MapBiomas collections.
Products for specialists or developers
- Web Platform (MapBiomas Workspace): This is the environment where the MapBiomas production takes place. It is possible to adjust, for each specific region, the various image processing and classification parameters as well as the application of spatial and temporal filters, and to perform concordance analysis and generate map statistics. This platform can be replicated for applications in other contexts.
- Methodological notes explain the whole working method including the specificities of each biome and crosscutting theme (the first complete version available in 2016).
- Collection of scripts in GitHub: allows multiplication and adaptation to other contexts.
- PlugIns for QGis - allow access to MapBiomas data directly in QGIS
- Access and Download Tools on Google Earth Engine - allows you to access and download MapBiomas data for different territorial sections.